From Publishers Weekly
Short on historical depth and detail but long on convoluted plot twists, the second book in Lindstroms 1870s Grayson brothers series (following Shades of Honor), is an earnest but unremarkable romance set in upstate New York. When sawmill owner Kyle Grayson demands payment on a long overdue bill from Tom Drake, a business associate, Drake suffers a fatal heart attack. Feeling responsible for Drakes death, Kyle buys his sawmill as a means of providing for the mans arresting daughter, Amelia. What he doesnt realize is that Drakes enormous debts could sink his own business. Kyle confronts Amelia at her closely chaperoned teachers residence and unwittingly compromises her reputationwhich predictably leads them to enter into a rocky marriage of convenience. Although Kyle and Amelia are attracted to each other, they both harbor secrets that may spell the end of their relationship. Lindstrom stretches her story by playing up every startling (and not-so-startling) revelation, but she excels at depicting the camaraderie between the Grayson brothers and the magic of minor interactions (the antics of a little girl and her cat are particularly affecting). These tender moments help soften what otherwise would have been a wooden, overworked tale.
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Believing he is to blame for the death of his friend and business competitor, Kyle Grayson promises to take care of his friend's wife and daughter. When Amelia Drake learns that her father is dead, she initially rejects her mother's idea to use the family lumber mill as her dowry. Instead, Amelia plans on accepting Kyle's offer to buy her father's mill as a way of providing for her mother, leaving Amelia to a life of dull respectability as a schoolteacher. All of Amelia's plans change, however, when she and Kyle are caught in a compromising situation. She impulsively forces him into proposing, trapping them in a marriage neither one wants but both truly need. Kyle, whose fiancee left him to marry his brother in Lindstrom's superb first romance, Shades of Honor
[BKL Jl 02], is determined not to open himself up again to emotional pain and betrayal, but with the help of lonely, stubborn Amelia, he regains his sense of trust and learns to love again, in this deeply emotional, quietly captivating historical romance. John CharlesCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved